So I thought I would give you all a peek inside my baby shower which was held on the weekend. Alas, best laid plans often come undone, and I had planned to host the baby shower in our brand new home… The one that was supposed to be finished by
March, end of April, worst case scenario you’ll be in by the end of May well, who knows, but it’s not done yet, so my wonderful mother-in-law offered to host at her house. We took a bit of a gamble on the weather and it paid off with Wollongong turning on a beautiful sunshine filled winters day. There was still a slight chill in the air, but it was nothing an outdoor heather couldn’t counteract.
The theme was “Baby Shower”, as in rain and clouds – fitting for the middle of winter, and everything was decked out in yellow, grey and white – my favourite colour palette at the moment, also gender neutral.
In keeping with the colour scheme, we had white tissue paper pompom ‘clouds’ with grey raindrop strands, and yellow bunting hung around the space. I’ve been to plenty of baby showers where guests were asked to decorate bibs and onesies with paints or fabric markers in the past – however, this relies on the artistic talents of your guests. My mum organised something a little more foolproof for the onesie decorating station, with pre-cut and prepared iron on fabric transfers in cute shapes. People just had to pick their onesie, pick their iron-on and voila, a beautiful onesie was done! I got the idea from the Moda Fabrics Blog and everything you need to do your own can be found on their post here.
The lolly buffet could not have been more perfect, and it was absolutely seem less thanks to the hard work of Emma from Sweet and Stylish by Emma Jane. She even managed to find an assortment of lollies that matched my colour theme! She supplied everything, including the table, jars, utensils, lollies and bags – set it all up and packed it all down – it really was the perfect service. You can see her events on her blog here.
For refreshing drinks, we had a number of options. My parents bought me these fabulous glass drink dispensers for Christmas and I’m always looking for a reason to break then out. Each was filled with a non-alcoholic beverage for our guests, I had grand plans to make infused water, but that didn’t happen, so we ended up with Strawberry Guava Cordial, Fruit Punch and Lemon, Lime, Bitters.
As far as savory foods, as an afternoon event, we had finger foods a plenty, with Sweet Potato or Potato and Bacon puff pasty pies, Mexican layer dip, Cheese and Herb Twists, and Spinach Dip. Wonton wrappers are my all time favourite entertaining ingredient, we we used them to make mini-lasagne bites, pesto chicken cups and mini quiches. Unfortunately I don’t have a picture of the savory food – I was having way too much fun mingling and eating! But I can share some pictures of the sweets!
Ah, yes, and then there’s the all important outfit details. While at the Katies, Autograph, Crossroads Factory Outlet in Sydney I came across this fabulous pastel pink sparkly knit, with bling shoulders – it was very me, and for $20, also a steal.
To bring out the colour of the knit, I wore a long sleeve white top underneath, and paired with my Maternity Jeans from Jeans West. My trusty Torrid grey suede knee high boots were perhaps a little too high for a day of (albeit relaxed) partying at 8 months pregnant, but were worth it.
Since it was my party, and I’ll bling it up if I want to, I wore the Guess watch my hubby gave me for Christmas a few years ago, some bling studs, and a very bling ring given to me by one of the girls from Aussie Curves (you can see it in the pic below – Thanks Jodie!)
Hubby stayed away for the actual shower, but arrived back in time to check out the incredibly generous swag of presents we received from our loved ones. We went from having nothing for baby, to having just about everything we need in a single afternoon and the love and generous of our friends and family blew us both away.
I can’t end this blog post without a couple of Thank You’s – and there are plenty of those due! I’m going to start with a general thank you to the roughly 40 lovely ladies, many of which had to travel south to attend, for coming along and helping to shower me – I absolutely felt loved and spoiled! To my parents-in-law for hosting, cleaning, cooking, baking, decorating, and having hordes of people descend on your house – Thank You, to my mum (and dad) who organised, purchased everything and spent the day running and helping people at the onesie making station -Thank You. To my sister-in-law Mel, and my gorgeous friends Lanna and Tanya who shopped, cooked, decorated, fluffed pompoms, designed invitations, ran games and basically organised the hell out of everything – Thank You. To everyone who did those little things that contributed in a big way – Lorraine, Karalyn, Nat, Grandad – Thank You. Lastly, a Thank You to my hubby, who hardly grumbled about any of the long list of chores he was given, and who put up with out loungeroom being craft central for the past few weeks, oh, and for generally being my rock – Thank You x